Oz in the News 7.20.13

dorothyw-chairsCoronado offers chance to win unique Oz memorabilia  Dorothy’s House and the Coronado Museum has recently been donated a couple of items to help raise funds for the Dorothy program or the Coronado Exhibit Hall Fund. The items that are going to be given away are a table and chairs set from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, and they were donated by Terry and Ronda Maxwell. The chairs are designed as Dorothy, the Lion, Tin Man and the Scarecrow. And the folding card table has a picture of the Yellow Brick Road on it. There is also a tea set included with the table and chairs. Donations will get a ticket with a chance to win the set. A donation of $10 will get one ticket or six tickets are available for $50. Tickets can be picked up  at The Coronado Museum Gift Shop. The drawing is scheduled for Oct. 12, during OzFest.

Wizard theme picked for annual village day  THOUSANDS of visitors will be transported to the Land of Oz for this year’s popular Ainsworth Village Day. The recreation ground in Church Street will be brought to life for the spectacle, which started in 1977 to celebrate the Queen’s silver jubilee. It has been given a Wizard Of Oz theme and will be officially opened at noon on Saturday, July 27 by the “Wizard of Ainsworth”, Les Martin. The traditional procession starts at 12.30pm and will be led by a samba band, followed by popular characters Dorothy, Tin Man, Scarecrow and Lion. Budding singer and actor, Courtney Fannon, will sing ‘Somewhere Over The Rainbow’.

Long before the movie, ‘Oz’ found a home on stage  In 1945, the St. Louis Municipal Opera used the music from the film, written by Harold Arlen, with lyrics by E. Y. Harburg, in a new production. The script was based on the book, but featured certain influences from the movie. A new song was added for Dorothy to sing in the Emerald City, called “Evening Star”, and the Wizard does not go home in a hot-air balloon. Instead, he uses a much more sensible rocket ship. That version of the show proved popular for many decades.

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